There is a hillside right behind the house that is where we are going to start with our landscaping projects. We’ve recently mowed it down and you can see the low points that catch and hold water, the small contours that would be good for paths and for swales, and I can start to envision how I want it to look in five years. However, before any of that can happen we need to figure out how best to exclude our closest neighbors, a small heard of deer. Now don’t get me wrong we’ve got 5 acres, there is plenty of space to share with them, we just don’t want them to come through and decide our newly planted food forest is a catered buffet. So this means that we now spend evenings debating the merits of UV coated plastic fencing vs metal fencing, four foot double fences vs eight foot fences vs 45 degree toped fences. Costing out posts, corners and deciding just how big of an area we want to try to fence off initially. It’s completely different than the last fence I built which was all of about 40 feet wide and its main intent was to keep dogs from defecating in our front yard. Now the shortest section of this new fence is about that same length and that’s maybe 1/10th of the whole initial fence we are talking about installing. The scale at which we can do things out here is still mind blowing to me.
Here are some of our Pinterest inspirations.